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CCTV shows masked robbers steal watches worth £1m from Selfridges in Manchester

Designer watches worth £1m have been stolen from Selfridges in Manchester city centre.

Police say three masked men entered the store at 7.20pm last night wearing high-visibility jackets.

They smashed display cabinets using an axe and crowbars and stole approximately 100 watches before escaping in a black Mercedes Benz driven by a fourth man. The car was found abandoned in Robert Street, Strangeways, a short time later.

Watches including Audermars Piguet, Jaeger le Coultre, Hublot and Cartier were taken.

See CCTV footage of the raid below …

Detective Constable Adam Cronshaw, said: “This was a brazen robbery while the store was open and busy with members of the public.

“It was clearly well planned and executed. These men were in and out in less than 80 seconds and were very particular about the watches they selected.

“I am appealing for anyone who knows who is responsible or has overhead someone talking about this robbery – either before or after it happened – to contact us in absolute confidence.

“The clothing worn appears to be brand new and I am also eager to hear from anyone who knows where they may have been purchased or manufactured.

“The offenders will, at some point, undoubtedly look to off load these watches and I would urge people to be mindful of this robbery and again if anyone is approached with a view to buying any of these items to please contact us.”

A spokesperson for Selfridges said: “A robbery took place at our Manchester Exchange Square store on Wednesday, 19 September, just before 7.30pm. The police are currently investigating and we are helping them with their enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3240, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Masked Raiders Rob Hazel Grove Railway Station

POLICE are hunting three men who stole a quantity of cash from a railway booking office after threatening a clerk.

The robbery occurred on Tuesday evening, shortly before 8.30pm, at Hazel Grove Railway Station, Station Street.

Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm McKinnon, of British Transport Police said “.“The booking office clerk was in the process of locking up for the evening when he was approached by two men, whose faces were covered, who threatened him and demanded cash.

“He was taken into the station where the offenders took a quantity of cash from the tills and the safe.

“The offenders then ran from the station and drove away in a dark vehicle being driven by a third man.

“Thankfully the member of rail staff wasn’t injured during the incident, but he was left extremely traumatized.”

DCI McKinnon added: “We have liaised with local police forces and have conducted local enquiries.

“We are now in the process of exploiting all available forensic and evidential opportunities, but would call on the public to help where possible.

Anyone with information about the incident, or know those involved,  should call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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